18 Lessons From the Bible That Even Atheists Can Appreciate

SharePinEmailThe Bible has long been the place for believers to find solace and guidance. It has been viewed as a collection of words and stories that concern only those who follow the divine teachings. But this is not necessarily the case. Lessons for the Atheists and Believers Alike There is so much in the Bible…

The Bible has long been the place for believers to find solace and guidance. It has been viewed as a collection of words and stories that concern only those who follow the divine teachings. But this is not necessarily the case.

Lessons for the Atheists and Believers Alike

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There is so much in the Bible that can be taken and used by people who follow the Christian religion. However, various parts of the text can be just as beneficial to a nonbeliever as well. So what can an atheist take away from these same writings? Here are some of the many things covered in the good book that are just as important for an atheist to hear.

Do Onto Others

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The Bible teaches that you should “Do unto others as you would have done Unto you”. This is an important lesson, and a massive part of the Church’s teachings. But it can be just as relevant to an atheist too. This is a lesson of equality. Of learning to treat other people as you would like to be treated, thus propagating an element of fairness in the way people interact with one another.

Thou Shalt Not Steal

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Stealing is wrong no matter what faith you follow. This then is another of the Bible’s teachings that can be followed by an atheist without being part of the religion. It is about what is right and what is wrong. 

Envy is Wrong

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One of the ideals that the Bible tells us is not right by the Lord is Envy. To be jealous of someone, and to view them in a negative light due to them having something that you do not. An atheist can use this lesson also. And in doing so, they will learn to focus more on what they have than on what they do not. This promotes a higher level of gratitude.

Do Not be Too Proud

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This is thought to be one of the worst mistakes that a follower of the Bible can make. To be too proud of oneself can lead to other “sins”, none of which are considered to have a positive effect. Even a person who does not follow the word of the Lord can benefit from a lack of pride.

Not to be Sloth-like

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One of the Seven Deadly Sins in the Bible is sloth. Sloth has been described by the Catholic Church as the “culpable lack of spiritual or physical effort.” This may be an important element of the word of Christ, but it also stands firm for nonbelievers. The idea is making no effort at all is unproductive. It promotes trying, which can only be seen as a good thing.

Lust as Unproductive 

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Lust may seem to be a natural part of humanity, but when it is taken too far, it can take over. The Bible tells us that seeking sexual gratification for the sake of it can lead to it being all that is seen. Therefore taking care not to place too much weight on lust can be a much more productive way of living.

Maintaining Good Morals

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Morals are one of the foundation principles of the Bible. This pertains to a set of rules or principles that govern a community or religion. But when you remove the religious aspect, you can see that it still stands as a legitimate way of living. And one that aids both the person practicing it, as well as those around them.

Greed is a Sin

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It may appear on the list of sins as written in the good book, but this is also a great idea to follow. Greed is based on having and wanting or needing more. It goes completely against any ideas of gratefulness or “having enough.” Therefore removing greed will lead to being grateful for that which you do have. 

Do not be Gluttonous 

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Another word from the Lord is to strive not to be gluttonous. Gluttony is among the worst faux pas of the ancient world upon which the book was based. But this too can stand today for atheists. The idea of living a life without excess, and of savoring smaller quantities and not overdoing it in all areas regarding consumption.

‘Thou Shalt not Sin’

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One of the main teachings of the Bible is that a person should actively try not to sin. While this is such a strong part of the guidance that the “Good Book” offers, it can be followed by believers and nonbelievers alike. It is founded on the idea of doing right, both by others and by oneself.

To Find Strength in Yourself 

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The Bible teaches that Christ is within you, and stresses this by stating that you may find strength in Christ. By doing so you will find strength in yourself. Take away the Christ part and what you are left with is the idea that you are capable and the strength is to be found within. A valuable idea for anyone, not just those who read the Bible.

To Find Forgiveness 

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Forgiving others and yourself are strong ideals of the Bible and the Christian Church. There are many times that the Bible talks about forgiveness. But you need not be a follower of the faith to heed these teachings. Forgiveness leaves room to move on from situations and also breeds sympathy and empathy.

To Love One Another

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Another great lesson that the Bible teaches is to love one another. The idea is that all people are God’s children, and should therefore love each other the same. But love is such a powerful message to spread that it can and should be utilized by even those who do not follow Christianity.

Have Faith 

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Having faith might usually relate to a belief in the Lord and the words of the Bible. But this does not always have to be the case. There is room for a wider view of faith as a concept. It can merely be the belief that something will happen. Thus making it useful for atheists too.

Humility as a Way of Life

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The Bible teaches that a person should not do things solely in the hope that they will receive something in return. To not be selfish. This is an idea that transcends religion and can be used by anyone. Humility, after all, allows for a much more empathetic approach to life.

Perseverance as an Ideal

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Try, try and try again. This is one of the many lessons that the Bible has to offer a believer. But this can also be an important rule of thumb for a nonbeliever as well. Perseverance is the notion of battling adversity and continuing on in the face of setbacks. This is a great way to go through life.

Not Just for the Believers 

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Although the Bible has for so long been a tool of the believer, it can also come to the aid of those who are not religious. These simple ideas and ideals might be the foundation of Christianity, but they can be just as useful for today’s atheists.

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